Israel News – Still No Government

  • Netanyahu has been given 28 days to form a new government.
  • Israel will not accept the decisions of the ICC or American concessions to Iran.
  • Israel has reached Herd Immunity through vaccinations.

Israel elections ended without the right side led by Likud or the left side opposing Netanyahu with a majority. Both sides are working to make a government. President Rivlin gave Netanyahu the mandate and 28 days to make a majority mandate coalition. Two of the candidates who are in the middle of the controversy between sides are Naftali Bennet of Yamina party who has behind him seven mandates and the Arab Ram party leader.

Iranian ship disabled at the port in Yemen.

Bennet is neither pro-Netanyahu or anti-Netanyahu and can go to either side. The other party in the middle of the controversy is RAM Arab party with five mandates. The right side behind Netanyahu consists of five mandates of the Right-wing religious Zionist party who make it difficult for the Ram constituents to join with Netanyahu. The chief Rabbi of the city of Sfat the son of the former Chief Rabbi of Israel Mordecai Eliyahu publically made statements which the leaders of the Arab parties especially Akmud Tibi took offense to his religious Zionist remarks.

On Thursday was celebrated Israel Holocaust Remembrance Day. At the celebration was called on each of the leaders of Israel parties to speak. The leader of the religious Zionist party chose to speak. The representative of the Arab parties at the convention in the Knesset then left the hall. Everyone wants to make a new government but until now it seems impossible. If so, the previous united government will continue until the next fifth elections. Benny Gantz will then replace Netanyahu until the next elections according to their agreement in forming the united coalition.

The International Court ICC is investigating the treatment by Israel of the Palestinians. Netanyahu spoke at the Holocaust Remembrance ceremony that Israel will not accept the judgment of ICC or participate in any concessions between America and Iran.

Four Seasons Hotel will open a branch in Tel Aviv.

Israel again struck Iranian positions in Syria. During the week an Iranian ship was disabled by a mine. Iran is investigating to know who was behind this terrorist attack. It could be America, Israel or the Houdis in Yemen. They have pledged to revenge the terrorist act.

Israel has achieved Herd Immunity from Corona. Hospitals are closing their Corona wards. Life has returned almost to normal. However the Ministry of Health advises that caution is still necessary. There are limitations of flights coming into Israel. Flights from America require quarantine until is determined if those that have arrived are not infected.

The hotel chain Four Seasons has decided to open a new hotel in Israel. It’s first hotel in Israel will be in Tel Aviv. There is plan for 30-40 story towers building which will include 600 hotel rooms, luxury apartment and commercial areas.

David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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